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Martin Hafner2Dear sister guides, dear brother scouts,

Mary, the Mother of God, is our special example as guides and scouts. She considered herself as entirely poor, as we can read in the magnificat. She did not take herself too important. That is how she could say the “yes” that allowed the Absolute, Almighty, Omniscient, God to come into His creation. God became man not on Christmas, but in the very moment in which Mary pronounced her FIAT. On the feast of the Annunciation, on 25 March, we celebrate for the 2018th time that God took our body in order to let our bodies rise from death one day.

For the FSE, this mystery is of particular importance. Scouting has its place where the natural and the supernatural touch each other. In the heart of every human and especially in the heart of Jesus. Each year, the big FSE day of prayer is in the moment when God bent deeply down to us, on 25 March. How can we throw ourselves into the arms of our Lord? It is so simple: Receive the sacrament of confession every month and the sacrament of the Eucharist as often as possible. Life faithfully to the 10 Commandments! This is not difficult if you live already in this life side by side with the Mother of God. You can do like this:

In 1978, we have consecrated the entire FSE to her Immaculate Heart (and in 2014, at the Eurojam, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus). I invite you to do the same: to consecrate you personally and the whole FSE in your country and in Europe. This is how you realise our call at the end of each of our gatherings: Ad Mariam – Europa!

Thousands have already done this consecration. Follow them today! [1]

Yours in scouting!

Martin Hafner, Federal Commissioner

[1] You find the prayer of the consecration of the FSE to the Sacred Heart of Jesus here: The consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is available here:

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